News Links | May 5, 2020
System News | Opinion
Wenatchee Valley College has extended the closure for both the main and Omak campuses through May 31st. According
to the school, the process of reopening campus is expected to be gradual, and will
happen in accordance with the governor’s plan to open businesses in phases. The residence
hall does remain open, but social distancing measures are being implemented.
560 KPQ, May 4, 2020
Financial aid from the stimulus bill is on the way for college students hit by coronavirus, but some are getting left out
... Twenty-four hours after Bellevue College opened up applications to students for emergency funding, the office had been flooded
with requests from 600 students, said Brenda Ivelisse, associate vice president of
student affairs. ... Washington’s 34 community and technical schools educated about
363,000 students in 2018-19, but the full-time equivalent was about 170,000 students
because so many go to school part-time. Washington’s public four-year universities
and college educated about 150,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The Seattle Times, May 4, 2020
Wenatchee Valley College announced commencement ceremonies for both campuses will take place online this year
due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The virtual graduation ceremonies will feature students
and speakers as well as photos and videos. WVC will be using Zoom as the platform
for the ceremonies. Students set to graduate in 2020 are also invited to walk at the
in person ceremony in 2021.
560 KPQ, May 3, 2020
Tacoma Community College (TCC) will receive $3,835,874 from the Federal Government as a result of the CARES Act,
which is disbursing emergency aid to help colleges and other organizations across
the country deal with financial concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first
half of the funding has arrived this week. As stipulated by the CARES Act, the initial
payment of almost $2 million will be distributed directly to students, who will be
able to apply for funds starting the week of May 4.
The Suburban Times, May 3, 2020
In all-campus Zoom meetings this week, the three finalists for Bellevue College interim president were asked several questions with a theme: Bellevue College is
in a crisis, both internally and externally. The internal crisis referred to the defacement
of a mural in February, a controversy that led to the resignations of both the college’s
president and one of its vice presidents. The external crisis is the COVID-19 pandemic
that forced the Eastside school to hold remote courses for its 29,000 students for
the remainder of the academic year.
The Seattle Times, May 2, 2020
Message from the president of CBC: Hello Students - Columbia Basin College has received confirmation that one of our employees has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee was last on the CBC Pasco campus on Friday, April 24, while they were
providing essential services. They have been home in self-quarantine since then. Their
on-campus contacts were limited as classes were moved online on March 17 with the
majority of employees, services and functions operating remotely since that time.
NBC Right Now, May 1, 2020
... Clark College Foundation Chief Advancement Officer Joel B. Munson said the two grants from the
COVID Response Fund will provide relief specifically for students who are ineligible
for CARES Act support, including some of the college’s underrepresented, low-income
and first-generation students. ... Lower Columbia College (LCC) also received a COVID Response Fund grant for its Student Success Fund, which supports
all basic needs, including childcare costs, the foundation said.
The Reflector, May 1, 2020
Centralia College president says biggest concerns include budget cuts, enrollment in virtual town hall
At a virtual town hall Wednesday afternoon, Centralia College President Dr. Bob Mohrbacher gave an update on the happenings at the college and
answered questions from faculty and students, including questions about graduation,
state funding, and the upcoming summer and fall quarters. Mohrbacher gave an update
to the 55 meeting attendees about receiving CARES Act funding— funding directed to
universities to help students who need assistance paying for their education after
feeling the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Daily Chronicle, April 30, 2020
Voices of the Pandemic features people in the Seattle area on the front lines of the
coronavirus outbreak. Scott Mahoney is a respiratory therapist, in a Seattle area
hospital. Part of his job is to put people on ventilators. He also teaches clinical
education at Seattle Central College, and is a director of the Respiratory Care program there.
KUOW, April 29, 2020
Trends | Horizons | Education
What will happen on college campuses in the fall? It's a big question for families,
students and the schools themselves. A lot of what happens depends on factors outside
the control of individual schools: Will there be more testing? Contact tracing? Enough
physical space for distancing? Will the coronavirus have a second wave? Will any given
state allow campuses to reopen? For all of these questions, it's really too early
to know the answers. But one thing is clear: Life, and learning for the nation's 20
million students in higher education, will be different.
NPR, May 5, 2020
... Get ready for what early indications suggest could be the biggest gap year ever.
Roughly one in six high school seniors say they definitely or most likely will change
their plans to attend college in the fall because of the coronavirus, according to
a survey of 1,171 students conducted April 21 through 24 by the higher education market
research firm Art&Science Group. Of those, 16 percent say they will take a gap year.
PBS News Hour, May 5, 2020
As colleges and universities agonize over whether students will return in the fall,
either to campus or online, they’re making a big assumption: that faculty members
will show up to teach. The expectation isn’t ill founded. Faculty jobs, especially
the good ones, were hard to come by even before hundreds of institutions announced
pandemic-related hiring freezes. No one wants to be out of a job right now. But no
one wants to get sick, either.
Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020
Community colleges have played a historic and vital role in creating and growing the
American middle class. They have well-earned the title of “America’s Colleges.” Given
their prominent history, some predict that community college enrollment will surge
as the American economy begins to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and companies
seize the opportunity to reinvent themselves in a new and emerging business environment.
Community College Daily, May 4, 2020
A buy one, get one free sign is something people expect to see in a suburban mall.
Not so much at a community college. But such deals and discounts are popping up more
and more as colleges strive to address issues of equity -- and enrollment -- caused
by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Most people are suffering economically," said Mary Graham,
president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. "So let’s offer them a really
great deal that they can’t pass up to finish their education."
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2020
Politics | Local, State, National
As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken heat for ruling that undocumented
college students brought to the country as children aren’t eligible for emergency
student grants in the CARES Act, she has insisted she had no choice. Congress, DeVos
has said repeatedly, made it clear in the March stimulus package that only those students
eligible for federal student aid could get the grants.
Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020
The U.S Education Department (ED) on Thursday released CARES Act institutional funding
for Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act. At the same time, it allocated the
bill’s institutional funding through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary
Education (FIPSE). ... The release of these monies caught many community college
campuses by surprise; they have been overwhelmingly focused on using the student and
institutional portions of the CARES Act formula grants. (ED is expected to release
imminently yet more guidance in this area.)
Community College Daily, May, 4, 2020
The U.S. Department of Education announced it is making available nearly $1.4 billion
Congress set aside in the CARES Act for minority-serving institutions, including historically
black colleges and tribal colleges. The department also released a spreadsheet detailing
out how much institutions will receive, with North Carolina A & T State University
receiving the most, $18 million.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2020
House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott on Friday introduced the
Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (RAWA), which would authorize $15 billion for
several workforce development programs and provides them with additional flexibility
to address the pandemic. ... Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) plans to introduce companion
legislation in the Senate.
Community College Daily, May 1, 2020